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Old 11-06-2008, 05:33 AM   #1
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Default Can .50 Cal bullets travel 5 miles?

Read the story. A man in Texas thinks a bullet from his .50 Cal rifle hit a women five miles away.

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Old 11-06-2008, 07:59 AM   #2
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It's possibly....but after hitting a dirt mound? Seems a bit farfetched, but it's a big ass bullet probably.

He should have shot at a mountain face.

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Could the bullet have have ricocheted off something and gone airborne for 5 miles? It is possible.

Military firing range safety is an area of my expertise. Army firing range safety is governed by Army Regulation 383-63 and DA Pam 385-63.

http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/p385_63.pdf

Go to the link. You are looking ar DA Pam 385-63. Look at Figure B-1, page 173 of DA Pam 385-63. You are interested in distance X for ground fired direct fire weapons: This is the maximum range. Got to page 175 and look at .50 caliber ball in the left hand column. Distance X is listed as 6,500 meters. This does not equate to five miles.

Warning to .50 caliber shooters: The .50 caliber ball projectile will penetrate 152 inches of packed earth.

Did the police use the ground mileage to the firing range from the point of impact?

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That's 152 centimeters

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That's 152 centimeters

Thanks. Something did not sound right when i wrote it.
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Could the bullet have have ricocheted off something and gone airborne for 5 miles? It is possible.

Military firing range safety is an area of my expertise. Army firing range safety is governed by Army Regulation 383-63 and DA Pam 385-63.

http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/p385_63.pdf

Go to the link. You are looking ar DA Pam 385-63. Look at Figure B-1, page 173 of DA Pam 385-63. You are interested in distance X for ground fired direct fire weapons: This is the maximum range. Got to page 175 and look at .50 caliber ball in the left hand column. Distance X is listed as 6,500 meters. This does not equate to five miles.

Warning to .50 caliber shooters: The .50 caliber ball projectile will penetrate 152 inches of packed earth.

Did the police use the ground mileage to the firing range from the point of impact?
When my Signal Unit was stuck with ammo detail at Camp Roberts in CA we could not drive on the road when they were firing .50 Cal, whether it be the rifle or the machine gun. I just know anti gunners are going to use this story to push for an all out ban on .50 Cal rifles, my state already did.
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It's possibly....but after hitting a dirt mound? Seems a bit farfetched, but it's a big ass bullet probably.

He should have shot at a mountain face.
Watch this video.

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6,500 meters = 3.10 miles

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Well a ban on .50 I wouldn't really dislike...I mean for civilian use it's basically useless and to damn dangerous as a gun.

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Well a ban on .50 I wouldn't really dislike...I mean for civilian use it's basically useless and to damn dangerous as a gun.
Many hobbyists use it for long distance shooting.
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